Faith in the Night of Adversity

Faith is a grace which draws down from Heaven whatever blessing of God is most needful to the saint, and therefore does it stand him in as good stead in the night of adversity as in the day of prosperity. Faith is a new-creation principle in the soul, which not only energizes its possessor to perform exploits, but it also enables him to hold his head above the dark waters when floods threaten to drown him. Faith suffices the Christian to face danger calmly, to continue steadfast in duty when menaced by the most foreboding outlook, to stand his ground when threatened with sorest sufferings. Faith imparts a steadfastness of purpose, a noble courage, a tranquility of mind, which no human education or fleshly efforts can supply. Faith makes the righteous as bold as a lion, refusing to recant though horrible tortures and a martyr’s death be the only alternative.

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The Failure of Morality Teachers

“Their argument has been this: That what you need to do to confront this moral problem, this whole business of temptation and evil, is to instruct people. Instruct them in goodness. They believe (and still believe it obviously) that if you educate people, you’ll make them moral. If you only teach people philosophy and get them familiarized with the great thoughts, the moral maxims… Get them to rub their minds against these and gradually they will come to live a good life. That’s the basis of the teaching. Teach them about heroism; teach them about courage. Hold these great ideals before them and they will rise up to it…

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How He Reveals Himself

“The Bible alone gives us true views of God. By nature man knows nothing clearly or fully about Him. All his conceptions of Him are low, grovelling, and debased. What could be more degraded than the gods of the Canaanites and Egyptians, of Babylon, of Greece, and of Rome? What can be more vile than the gods of the Hindus and other heathen in our own time?” — J.C. Ryle, Old Paths

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Leaven

“A microscope passed over leaven at work in meal, so far from disclosing a passive acceptance of the leaven by the meal, reveals a fierce battlefield of antagonistic germs. It is no gentle concession of one side to the other; or a constant, weak yielding of compromise for the sake of peace; on the contrary it is a struggle to the death, in order that one principle, or the other, may be triumphant over a mastered foe. The Lord’s parable (Matt. 13: 33) is deeper than we dream.” — Anonymous

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Like A Wall Of Fire

“It is the part of Christians to rise like a wall of fire around the integrity and inspiration of Scripture; and to hold them as intact and inviolable as if a rampart were thrown around them whose foundations are on earth and whose battlements are in heaven. It is this tampering with limits that destroys and defaces everything; and therefore it is precisely when the limit is broken that the alarm should be sounded. If the battle-cry is to be lifted at all, it should be lifted at the outset; and so on the first mingling, by however so slight an infusion, of things human with things divine, all the friends of the Bible should join heart and hand against so foul and fearful a desecration.” — from Chalmers’ Christian Evidences

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